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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :
Excrescence \Ex*cres"cence\n. [F. excrescence, excroissanse, L.
excrescentia excrescences, neut. pl. of p. pr. of excrescere.
An excrescent appendage, as, a wart or tumor; anything
growing out unnaturally from anything else; a preternatural
or morbid development; hence, a troublesome superfluity; an
incumbrance; as, an excrescence on the body, or on a plant.
"Excrescences of joy." --Jer. Taylor.
The excrescences of the Spanish monarchy. --Addison.
From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :
n 1: something that bulges out or is protuberant or projects
from its surroundings; "the gun in his pocket made an
obvious bulge"; "the hump of a camel"; "he stood on the
rocky prominence"; "the occipital protuberance was well
developed"; "the bony excrescence between its horns" [syn:
bulge, bump, hump, swelling, gibbosity,
gibbousness, jut, prominence, protuberance,
protrusion, extrusion, excrescence]
2: (pathology) an abnormal outgrowth or enlargement of some part
of the body
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